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Tech News Today 151: Arm Yourself With Windows 8

by TWiT

Published January 5, 2011

Microsoft makes a new Windows, NVidia makes a CPU, LG takes on Google TV, and more.

Run time 43:17
Producer TWiT
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


Tom Merritt
Iyaz Akhtar
Randall Bennett


Top Stories

NVIDIA announces Project Denver ARM CPU for the desktop
CES: Nvidia, LG debut world's first 'super phone': Optimus 2X with Tegra 2
NVIDIA makes GeForce GT 500M family official, introduces GTX 485M as its fastest mobile GPU
Nvidia’s Tegra 2 aims to power a new generation of super phones and tablets
Nvidia app store

CES: Microsoft press event Wednesday at CES 2011 - update at 1 PM
Microsoft confirms ARM support is coming in Windows, will play nice with SoCs too - partners with Snapdragon, TI OMAP and Tegra2
CES: Report: Microsoft to debut 'Windows TV' at CES
What's happening with Windows Phone updates

LG Launches App Platform for TVs
LG ST600 Smart TV Upgrader, new Magic Remote eyes-on at CES
LG, ST-Ericsson announce LTE modem chips and modules for Verizon

Google shows off Android 3.0, the 'Entirely for Tablet' Honeycomb (video)

Discussion Stories

Amazon readies Android app store
CES: Kindle apps set for Android, Windows tablets
Kindle Now Available for Windows Phone 7
Amazon details pricing, approval process for Android app portal

Toshiba to sell big-screen, glasses-free 3D HDTVs in 2011 / 2012
Toshiba Echoes Nintendo’s 3-D Warning

AMD announces first Fusion chips: 10+ hour battery life with DirectX11 graphics
CES: HP, Toshiba give boost to AMD 'Fusion' chips
AMD makes massive Fusion push with new products, design wins

Laptop-palooza - sporting the SandyBridge
Toshiba launches Satellite M645, A665, A665 3D Edition laptops
Fujitsu unleashes four LifeBooks with new Intel processors, AH572 promises 3D viewing and recording
Acer outs three AMD Fusion powered laptops
Samsung 9 Series laptop unveiled, ready to slice some MacBook Air
Samsung has just unveiled its Sliding PC 7 Series slider tablet / laptop hybrid. May we be the first to coin the term tabtop? Powered by Intel's 1.66GHz Z670 Oak Trail processor, the 2.2-pound tablet features a 1366 x 768-resolution, 10.1-inch 340-nit touchscreen, 32GB / 64GB SSD options, and 2GB of RAM. It also claims to boot in 20 seconds and comes with WiMax. Expect it in Macrh for around $699.
Checking in on Lenovo’s IdeaPad U1 Hybrid Tablet

Intel waves around Razer's Sixense motion-sensing sticks, plays Portal 2 on the big screen (video)

CES Las Fuse-as

General Motors is bringing their OnStar service to non-GM cars. OnStar will sell the 23-ounce mirror through BestBuy (installation will run you $75 to $100) this spring and offer a range of services starting at $18.95 a month or $199 annually. GM says the mirror will work on 99 percent of the top-20 best-selling non-General Motors vehicles sold during the past decade, from the Accord and Altima to the Tacoma and Town & Country.

Vudu's streaming service is now offering 3D movies. The company's 3D content is currently available to select Samsung HDTVs and Blu-ray players. In the next few weeks PlayStation 3 owners will get it. Devices from Vizio, LG, and others will get it in the next few months. The service will also be made available to 3D-capable Blu-ray players from Mitsubishi and Toshiba (among others), as well as the Boxee Box by the end of 2011

Speaking of Vizio, they added to their earlier announcements, Hulu Plus and Blockbuster On Demand have been added to Vizio's apps, and will begin rolling out to all VIA-ready TVs this week. Both apps will also be headed to VIZIO 3D Blu-ray Players with Wireless Apps, but they'll apparently have to wait a bit longer. The apps platform will also soon include MOG, OnLive, Namco Bandai, Skype and Vimeo.

Novatel Wireless has a brand new MiFi with a little WiMax love for the Sprint-inclined. It includes a display for tracking status of the device, unlike Novatel's 3G MiFis, claims 4 hours of active use and 60 hours of standby, and can share storage from its microSD slot with connected devices. It should be out on Sprint February 27th for $50 with a two-year contract.

AT&T has mentioned today at CES that it's prepping to launch some 12 Android devices this year -- presumably a mix of phones and tablets, including their first 4G phone, the HTC Inspire 4G, the Atrix 4G which looks to be the rumoured Olympus and the Samsung Infuse 4G which has 1080p HD playback on a SuperAMOLED PLUS screen. The plus means better, or a 50 percent boost in sub-pixel count for you tech types.

Samsung made some interesting announcements today including the expected availability of the Samung Player in the UK but also a whole line of Smart TVs. The most interesting feature, however, is likely the support for Bluetooth 3D glasses; rather than relying on IR, Bluetooth promises to improve on the line-of-sight, range and interference issues. Other specifications across the line include 240Hz de-jitter technology, a 1080p panel, inbuilt WiFi and support for Skype.

Cisco unveiled Videoscape, a TV platform it said will let service providers combine digital TV and online content with other communications applications, including social networking tools. The Videoscape platform includes an IP set-top box and technology called the Cisco Conductor, which the company said links a cloud network to client devices of all types.

News Fuse

Companiescalled GlobalDirectParts and SmartPhone Medic somehow got ahold of iPhone replacement parts and have posted an in-depth video that illustrates some tweaks. Most notable are antenna adjustments, that are either an antenna fix, or, more likely, adjustments to allow the antennas to work with the different frequencies that Verizon's CDMA network operates on. Other tweaks include a SIM slot and the removal of the rear camera hole.

Just in time for some hot $300 thin laptops with SandyBridge inside, the fine folks at tonymacx86 Blog have posted instructions on how to run OSX on SandyBridge. It's not for dabblers or even people who like long-term reliability but for you hackintosh fans hoping for a cheap alternative to the MacBook Air, it's a start.

The first custom firmware for the Sony PS3 has been released. A coder known only as Kakaroto claims top have achieved the feat. Kakaroto says that, because of legal and copyright issues, he won't publicly release his own version of the firmware, but has provided all of the tools needed for anyone with a bit of Linux savvy to create their own, based on an official Sony firmware update.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek says Google's working on its own NFC-based mobile payments system. BusinessWeek says the system might launch as early as this year. The payment system will compete with the Isis system created by Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T.

In November, Google sued the Department of Interior for purchasing cloud services from Microsoft, arguing that the Google Apps platform was frozen out of the bidding. Today, a federal judge, Susan Braden, sided with Google by issuing a preliminary injunction preventing the department from deploying Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite. Braden also found that Google had made a preliminary showing that the department had violated a 1984 regulation on competitiveness in government contracts.

Microsoft is at odds with a researcher employed by Google who published a zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability on New Year's Day. The vulnerability was discovered using cross_fuzz, a browser fuzzing tool created by Google researcher Michal Zalewski, who says he gave Microsoft more than six months of warning before going public with the flaw. Microsoft disagrees, arguing that Zalewski has now put thousands of IE users at risk.


Linux 2.6.37 Released
Motorola event CES 2011 1/5 at 4 PM
Sony CES event 1/5 at 5 p.m.
Microsoft's 2011 CES keynote tonight 1/5 6:30 PM Pacific
Verizon 2011 CES keynote tomorrow 1/6 8 AM
Ford set to unveil Focus Electric at CES, tomorrow 1/6 11 AM
Apple set to open Mac App Store at noon Eastern on Thursday1/6
HP planning WebOS event for February 9
AT&T to flip switch on 4G LTE network by mid-2011
WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab confirmed for first quarter US launch


Martin from Tampa: Why digital news stands? Because....


"Good Day TNT Crew,

On yesterday's podcast (#150) someone mentioned appliances with built in technology, specifically a washer/dryer that tells you when your clothes are done. Isn't that what the buzzer is for?

I get that we are trying to use the technology that we have discovered/developed, but aren't we trying a little bit too hard here? What do you think? Is this really a useful development or advancement?


Matt from Neenah, WI"


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